An artist's rendition of Dubai's Tower, the world's future highest sky scraper

Dubai begins building ‘world’s tallest’ tower

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Dubai has started building what will become the world’s highest skyscraper, overtaking the current record holder Burj Khalifa, also located in the most populated city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The structure, simply called The Tower, will be located in Dubai Creek Harbour, a large smart city development near the Dubai International Airport.

The Tower is a joint project by Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding, the investment vehicle of the city's ruler. The firms have not disclosed the height of the tower and how much it will cost. However, they revealed it will be completed by 2020.

“The design and architectural features of The Tower demand unique engineering approaches that are currently implemented on site,” said architect Santiago Calatrava Valls.

“Extensive studies were undertaken in preparation, and the learning that we have gained from the experience will add to the knowledge base of mankind.”

Emaar Properties said that a completely new approach to wind engineering and seismic tests had to be implemented as no similar structure has ever been built in the world.

The Tower will feature a large platform providing a 360 degree view of the city.

UAE’s Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, was present at the ceremony.

The Tower will have dynamic illumination and movement lighting, which will make it a stunning visual landmark during the day and night, Emaar Properties said. In addition, several ‘green corridors’ will offer pedestrian access and connectivity with Dubai Creek Harbour.

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